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, in Greek mythology, king of Crete, son of Zeus and Europa. He was the husband of Pasiphaë, who bore him Androgeus, Glaucus, Ariadne, and Phaedra. Because Minos failed to sacrifice a beautiful white bull to Poseidon, the god caused Pasiphaë to conceive a lustful
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in ancient Greek mythology, a monster that was half-bull and half-man, the offspring of Pasiphae, wife of King Minos of Crete, and the sacred bull of the god Poseidon. According to the myth, Minos confined the Minotaur in a labyrinth and forced Athens, which was then subject to him, to send as an annual offering seven youths and seven maidens to the monster. The Athenian hero Theseus entered the labyrinth and killed the Minotaur.